Federalist Society Wins Award for Most Improved Chapter

The University of Louisville Student Chapter of the Federalist Society recently won the Benjamin Franklin Spring Breakout award, also called the “Freddie”, for the most improved chapter.

The primary purpose of the Federalist Society is to educate the legal community about how limited government, judicial restraint, and personal freedom can greatly benefit society. It is a national organization with lawyer chapters in 65 cities throughout the country and student chapters at every accredited law school in America. “One of our goals for this year is to get a group of students together to travel to the National Student Symposium at the University of Texas,” said Kyle Winham, President of the Louisville Chapter. “In the future, we hope to grow our chapter so that we can continue to attract prominent speakers.”

The Federalist Society sponsors a variety of programs including panels, debates, and speeches which are free and open to the public. They also often cosponsor programs with other organizations like the Christian Legal Society and the International Law Society. “I think we won the award because of the excellent programs that the Federalist Society officers, April Wimberg, Rebekah Gray, Brandon Johnson, and Vince Kline organized last year,” said Kyle Winham. Programs last year included debates on constitutional originalism, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Healthcare, and an open discussion with Robert Patton, General Counsel from Lexmark. “The Federalist Society improves the law school experience for students by giving them the opportunity to hear, meet, and ask questions of prominent speakers from all over the country,” said Kyle Winham.

The Louisville Chapter has several exciting programs planned for the rest of the semester. On October 29th, Professor Bradley Smith of Capital University will speak at the program, "Does Citizens United Undermine Democracy?" On November 8th, Professor Blumstein of Vanderbilt Law School and Professor Marcosson of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law debate whether race can be used in undergraduate admissions selection at the “Fisher vs. University of Texas” program.

- Zachary Martin
English Department
University of Louisville